The Meisterline Index is administered by Meisterline Analytics. Click Here for our story.

The Meisterline Index is administered by Meisterline Analytics. Click Here for our story.

ABOUT THE INDEX

ABOUT THE INDEX

The Meisterline Index uses cognitive modeling and proprietary algorithms to measure the expertise of lawyers both individually and relative to their peers. Based on the doctoral research of a former legal specialist, the Meisterline Index is designed to provide deeper insights and more objective data than other lawyer rating services and directories.

 

The Meisterline Index is presently available to attorneys and their clients in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The Meisterline Index uses cognitive modeling and proprietary algorithms to measure the expertise of lawyers both individually and relative to their peers. Based on the doctoral research of a former legal specialist, the Meisterline Index is designed to provide deeper insights and more objective data than other lawyer rating services and directories.

 

The Meisterline Index is presently available to attorneys and their clients in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

WHY

WHY

We created the Meisterline Index to address one of the biggest challenges that clients and law firms face when hiring lawyers: Objectively measuring how expert those lawyers really are. We also wanted to help individual lawyers track their development as experts in their chosen areas of legal specialization.

 

We created the Meisterline Index to address one of the biggest challenges that clients and law firms face when hiring lawyers: Objectively measuring how expert those lawyers really are. We also wanted to help individual lawyers track their development as experts in their chosen areas of legal specialization.

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Expertise Assessments

Learn About Our

Expertise Assessments

Law firm clients can use the Meisterline Index to pre-qualify those lawyers and legal teams who are the right fit for their needs. Our expertise ratings can reveal which attorneys have (or don't have) sufficient expertise in a given area of law, which are over-qualified, and which are quoting fees that can't be justified based on their expertise alone. They can also identify associates who are billed as specialists yet only have basic skills in the relevant area of law.

 

Lead partners, in-house counsel and professional project managers can embed the Meisterline Index's quantitative metrics directly into their management systems. This can facilitate more objective lawyer-hiring and staffing decisions, and make it easier to explain those decisions to senior management.

 

Just as importantly, the Meisterline Index empowers individual lawyers by enabling them to track - and objectively measure - their own cognitive development as legal specialists. We've even created a Self-Assessment service so lawyers can learn about their cognitive profiles confidentially and for free. Click here to learn more.

Law firm clients can use the Meisterline Index to pre-qualify those lawyers and legal teams who are the right fit for their needs. Our expertise ratings can reveal which attorneys have (or don't have) sufficient expertise in a given area of law, which are over-qualified, and which are quoting fees that can't be justified based on their expertise alone. They can also identify associates who are billed as specialists yet only have basic skills in the relevant area of law.

 

Lead partners, in-house counsel and professional project managers can embed the Meisterline Index's quantitative metrics directly into their management systems. This can facilitate more objective lawyer-hiring and staffing decisions, and make it easier to explain those decisions to senior management.

 

Just as importantly, the Meisterline Index empowers individual lawyers by enabling them to track - and objectively measure - their own cognitive development as legal specialists. We've even created a Self-Assessment service so lawyers can learn about their cognitive profiles confidentially and for free. Click here to learn more.

RATINGS

RATINGS

The Meisterline Index uses two quantitative metrics: Expertise ratings and expertise ratings bands. The higher a lawyer's expertise rating, the higher their expertise ratings band and the greater their assessed level of expertise in the relevant area of law. The chart below shows how these ratings and their associated ratings bands align with different levels of specialist legal expertise.

The Meisterline Index uses two quantitative metrics: Expertise ratings and expertise ratings bands. The higher a lawyer's expertise rating, the higher their expertise ratings band and the greater their assessed level of expertise in the relevant area of law. The chart below shows how these ratings and their associated ratings bands align with different levels of specialist legal expertise.

More detailed descriptions of these metrics and what they represent - including summaries of the qualitative differences between lawyers in different ratings bands - are provided on our Ratings page.

More detailed descriptions of these metrics and what they represent - including summaries of the qualitative differences between lawyers in different ratings bands - are provided on our Ratings page.

DIFFERENCES

DIFFERENCES

Many lawyer rating and directory services seek to bring greater transparency to the market for legal expertise. Some of the best known are Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Martindale-Hubbell, AvvoWho’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

 

The Meisterline Index is unique amongst this group in that it combines all the following features.

Many lawyer rating and directory services seek to bring greater transparency to the market for legal expertise. Some of the best known are Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Martindale-Hubbell, AvvoWho’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

 

The Meisterline Index is unique amongst this group in that it combines all the following features.

1.  COVERAGE

Our expertise assessments apply all the way from junior attorneys to senior partners. It’s not necessary for a lawyer to be well-known for us to measure and rate their level of expertise.

2.  RELIABILITY

We conduct in-depth cognitive research and use empirically-derived algorithms. The foundations on which we’ve built our methodologies have been tested and refined over decades.

1.  COVERAGE

 

Our expertise assessments apply all the way from junior attorneys to senior partners. It’s not necessary for a lawyer to be well-known for us to measure and rate their level of expertise.

2.  RELIABILITY

 

We conduct in-depth cognitive research and use empirically-derived algorithms. The foundations on which we’ve built our methodologies have been tested and refined over decades.

3.  ACCOUNTABILITY

We assess a lawyer's expertise directly. We don’t ask for law firm submissions or rely on the opinions of other lawyers or referees - and we never assess a lawyer's expertise without their consent.

4.  OBJECTIVITY

We use objective criteria for consistent replication of results. The same inputs always produce the same ratings. All personal opinions and biases are excluded (including our own).

3.  ACCOUNTABILITY

 

We assess a lawyer's expertise directly. We don’t ask for law firm submissions or rely on the opinions of other lawyers or referees - and we never assess a lawyer's expertise without their consent.

4.  OBJECTIVITY

 

We use objective criteria for consistent replication of results. The same inputs always produce the same ratings. All personal opinions and biases are excluded (including our own).

5.  INDEPENDENCE

Because we only use objective assessment criteria and have no editorial commentaries or discretion to influence, we’re able to work independently and avoid conflicts of interest.

6.  CONFIDENTIALITY

Our assessments are conducted in strict confidence. We never disclose the contents of anyone's Assessment Form, and our assessment results remain confidential to each lawyer until they decide to share them with others. 

5.  INDEPENDENCE

 

Because we only use objective assessment criteria and have no editorial commentaries or discretion to influence, we’re able to work independently and avoid conflicts of interest.

6.  CONFIDENTIALITY

 

Our assessments are conducted in strict confidence. We never disclose the contents of anyone's Assessment Form, and our assessment results remain confidential to each lawyer until they decide to share them with others. 

7.  SECURITY

All our lawyer data are stored on encrypted databases and we strictly limit access to these data within our organisation. We send each lawyer's assessment results directly to their nominated email address.

8.  BREADTH

Our ratings extend over 99 data points calibrated across 6 bands of expertise from Novice to Master. We can provide pin-point ratings as well as relevant qualitative data for almost any level of lawyer.

7.  SECURITY

 

All our lawyer data are stored on encrypted databases and we strictly limit access to these data within our organisation. We send each lawyer's assessment results directly to their nominated email address.

8.  BREADTH

 

Our ratings extend over 99 data points calibrated across 6 bands of expertise from Novice to Master. We can provide pin-point ratings as well as relevant qualitative data for almost any level of lawyer.

9.  DEPTH

The ratings we assign to lawyers are not arbitrary but are based on comprehensive cognitive modeling. We can track and identify specific traits and abilities at each stage of a lawyer’s development.

10.  ACCESSIBILITY

Our assessments yield fine-grained quantitative data ideal for spreadsheet analysis. Lawyers’ levels of expertise can be easily understood, analysed and compared - in detail and at scale - by anyone.

9.  DEPTH

 

The ratings we assign to lawyers are not arbitrary but are based on comprehensive cognitive modeling. We can track and identify specific traits and abilities at each stage of a lawyer’s development.

10.  ACCESSIBILITY

 

Our assessments yield fine-grained quantitative data ideal for spreadsheet analysis. Lawyers’ levels of expertise can be easily understood, analysed and compared - in detail and at scale - by anyone.

TRY THE INDEX

TRY THE INDEX

If you’re a practicing lawyer, you can try the Meisterline Index for yourself confidentially and for free. Simply complete and submit an Assessment Form for your jurisdiction and area of law. This takes around 30 minutes - and since everything is optimized for mobile devices as well as desktop computers, you can do it anywhere. After we've finished our assessment and sent back your results, you'll be able to determine whether or not they make sense to you. After all, no-one will be better placed than you to judge how well we did. You'll also receive the option (but no obligation) to access your more detailed Development Report and Rating Certificate. Click here to start.

If you’re a practicing lawyer, you can try the Meisterline Index for yourself confidentially and for free. Simply complete and submit an Assessment Form for your jurisdiction and area of law. This takes around 30 minutes - and since everything is optimized for mobile devices as well as desktop computers, you can do it anywhere. After we've finished our assessment and sent back your results, you'll be able to determine whether or not they make sense to you. After all, no-one will be better placed than you to judge how well we did. You'll also receive the option (but no obligation) to access your more detailed Development Report and Rating Certificate. Click Here to start.

Learn About Our

Expertise Assessments

Learn About Our

Expertise Ratings

Learn About Our

Expertise Assessments

Learn About Our

Expertise Ratings

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